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    Some new experiences for the new year

    HIDDEN GEM If you’ve never seen a performance at the Apollinaire Theatre Company in Chelsea, make it one of your New Year’s resolutions.

    It is known for staging passionate plays at the elegantly restored theater in the Chelsea Theatre Works. Alistair McDowall’s “Brilliant Adventures” is on stage through Jan. 21.

    McDowell’s dark comedy/sci-fi thriller is about brotherhood, addiction, and breaking the law of physics. But as artistic director Danielle Fauteux Jacques told the Globe last month, the play is “fundamentally about close family relationships. All of the characters are juggling conflicting needs. All of them feel trapped, but each one has a different idea about what he is willing to sacrifice for a better future.”


    Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., and are followed by a reception with the actors. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance, $15 for students.

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    Chelsea Theatre Works is located at 189 Winnisimmet St. Call 617-887-2336 or visit

    GIDDY UP IN 2017 Looking to get back into the saddle this year? Or maybe take horseback riding lessons for the first time?

    Consider wintertime lessons at Windrush Farm in North Andover, and receive a 10 percent discount off regular pricing. Certified staff will find the perfect pony or horse for you to enjoy a safe, fun experience.

    A flexible plan allows riders to pick four weeks, between now and Feb. 17. The cost is $200 for one-hour group lessons, offered Monday through Friday, adults from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and children from 3:15 p.m. to evening.


    Windrush also is offering winter specials for four hourlong private ($280) or semi-private ($240) lessons).

    Soon you’ll find yourself in the saddle, either indoors in the large arena or outside on quiet trail rides through the woods or on snowy fields of Windrush’s winter wonderland.

    Since 1964, Windrush has been offering therapeutic riding lessons for adults and children with special needs, along with recreational lessons. The farm is located on nearly 40 acres of woods and fields, and surrounded by 160 acres of conservation land.

    Headquarters is at 479 Lacy St. To learn more, e-mail or call 978-682-7855.

    FIND YOUR OM Are you determined to find peace and calm this year? Head to the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12.


    Eileen Carlotto, a teacher, author, and illustrator with 35 years of mediation experience, will be sharing her practical ways of how you can develop your physical, mental, and spiritual self, followed by a brief meditation sitting.

    This free event is open to the public. Register under the events calendar at or call 978-774-0554.

    FREE INDIE FILMS Watch new cinema from around the world on the second Thursday every month at the Pollard Library Independent Film Night in Lowell.

    “Glassland,” a 2014 film written and directed by Gerard Barrett, kicks off the new year. Set in Dublin, it is a bleak but honest Irish drama about addiction. The award-winning Australian actress, Toni Collette, stars as an alcoholic mother who risks her life with her addition. The story is told through the eyes of her grown son, played by Jack Reynor, who loves her and will do anything to save her.

    Held in partnership with Film Movement, these free monthly screenings are open to the public and begin at 6:30 p.m.

    The Pollard Library is located at 401 Merrimack St. For more information, go to or call 978-674-4120.

    Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached at